Delivering a sound made popular by funk music and related styles, the Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer Pedal is a full-featured bass synth in a rugged compact pedal. The unit incorporates a dual-system bass synthesizer which creates sounds in two different ways, and eleven modes comprised of variations on four different waveforms give you a wide variety of synth tones, each of which can be modulated according to the envelope and LFO settings you apply. You can also plug in an optional expression pedal (sold separately) to control parameters while you actually play the bass, which adds an additional dimension of expression to your playing.
Another useful feature of the SYB-5 is the Hold function. By depressing and holding the pedal while playing a note, you can hold the synth note as long as you hold the pedal down. Then you can solo or play additional parts over the synth tone accompaniment. In addition, the SYB-5 can be used with mono or stereo output. In the stereo output mode, the effect sound and direct sound can be output separately to two different amplifiers. An optional expression pedal (sold separately) can be connected to switch sounds while you’re playing. Housed in the durable steel chassis BOSS is famous for, the SYB-5 operates with a single 9V battery or a PSA-series 9 VDC power supply.
Enhanced Sound With the Latest DSP
All of the 11 internal synth sounds have been markedly refined and enhanced to produce a fatter, more cutting sound than ever. The sounds are built on variations of three oscillator Waves (Saw, Square, Pulse) and filters that modulate according to the envelope and LFO changes you apply. You won’t believe how much synth-bass beef can come from such a small pedal.
Enhanced Playability Via External Control
An external pedal input jack has been added to the SYB-5 for connecting an EV-5 Expression Pedal (sold separately), which allows you to control filter cutoff and LFO rate in real time with your foot. In Modes 1−9 you can use the SYB-5’s onboard pedal to hold a note while playing a bass phrase over it. Time for a bass solo? You bet!